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A Little Reminder of What a Left-Wing Extremist Bob Filner Was

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On August 25, 2013 @ 9:39 pm In The Point | 21 Comments

As Mayor Bob Filner resigns in disgrace, blaming a lynch mob and defending his “seal poop” record. No really. “We protected seals and we protected La Jolla from the poop from the seals and others. ”

It’s time to remember that Bob Filner was not just a Democrat. Not just a liberal. But he was nearly as far left as you can get. Filner was on the very left edge of the Democrats. It’s why he was able to get away with his crimes for so long.

The left protects its own.

Here’s a little tour of Bob Filner’s politics.

Bob Filner was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in September 1942 and grew up in New York City. His father, Joseph Filner, was a member of the Communist Party USA.

Since at least the mid-1990s, Filner has had a close relationship with the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA).

In February 2002 Filner was part of a delegation of California congressional Democrats who, in an effort to soften U.S. policy toward Cuba, paid a friendly visit to Fidel Castro in Havana.

On October 26, 2009, Filner spoke alongside fellow Representatives Jared Polis and Jan Schakowsky at a national conference held by J Street, an organization that urges Israel to negotiate with Hamas.

Filner was one of 54 members of Congress to sign a letter asking President Barack Obama to push Israel to end its Gaza blockade, which had been enacted to prevent the flow of deadly weapons into that region.

When the anti-capitalist Occupy Wall Street (OWS) demonstrations were first launched in the fall of 2011, Filner was initially enthusiastic about the movement, describing it as “very energetic” and “very energizing.” He made several visits to OWS’s Washington, DC encampment, where he engaged in friendly discussions with the veteran pro-Castro radical Medea Benjamin.

This is about as left as you get. And what of Filner’s views on Israel.

Two of those congressman – California Democrats Lois Capps and Bob Filner – voted against House Resolution 867 that slammed the Goldstone Report and re-affirmed Israel’s right to self-defense.

Filner vigorously defended the Goldstone report. When The Audacity of Hope set sail for Gaza in support of Hamas, Filner was one of only six Congressmen to sign a letter urging the US to do everything to keep its passengers safe.

And oh yes…

Congressman Filner has a +4 rating on Arab-Israeli issues by The Arab American Institute, indicating an impeccable pro-Arab and pro-Palestine voting record.

Apparently he also had a quite Islamic attitude when it came to women. Or is that progressive? These days it’s hard to tell.


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